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The #1 reason your night cream doesn't belong in your bathroom

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Beauty

The #1 reason your night cream doesn't belong in your bathroom

It’s the end of a long day and you’ve barely had a moment to yourself. The clock strikes 11, you remove your makeup and slap on some cream, then dive into bed. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can take 10 minutes before sleeping to decompress and disconnect. How? It’s called “Lights Out,” a facial massage technique created by Anastasia Achilleos, Olay global skin-care ambassador.

First things first: Place your night cream beside your bed. In fact, just keep it there for a brand-new nighttime ritual. Next, take your phone out of your bedroom and don’t look at it until the morning. “Our generation is a ball of stress,” says Achilleos. “At the end of the day, put your phone at a plug point outside of your bedroom. Between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. is the best, most healing part of sleep. We miss it if we’re on our phones until late at night.”

Now, lie down in bed and take a few slow, deep breaths. “We rarely breathe,” Achilleos continues. “Boosting oxygen is preventative medicine—and it’s free.” One by one, go through Achilleos’ massage steps below, breathing slowly between steps. These techniques will encourage the penetration of your face cream, and you’ll also promote fluid drainage, relieve puffiness and minimize tension.

1. Place both hands on your chest, just below the collarbone.

2. Reach over to your nightstand and place a dollop of cream in your hands.

3. Press your hands together, using the strength from your shoulders and arms, then rub your hands together for a count of 10.

4. Lay both hands over your eyes, side by side, with your fingers touching your forehead and palms touching your cheeks.

5. Slide your palms up and over the forehead, out to the temples and follow the hairline down to the chin. Repeat for 30 seconds.

6. Place your fingertips on your forehead. This time, rest your palms on the cheekbones and press inward with your palms. Applying a little pressure, cup your cheekbones with the base of your palms. Hold for 10 seconds before releasing.

7. Pinch your brow bone with the thumb and pointer finger of each hand. Slowly move outwards towards the temples.

8. Finish by moving your thumbs in three, small clockwise circles at each temple.

Try it for a week and see if you’re sold!

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The #1 reason your night cream doesn't belong in your bathroom

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